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Jul 03 2012

A Moustache and Men's Health: NYIT Physician Shares a Success Story

Old Westbury, N.Y.   (July 3, 2012)  ΜΆ  Dr. William Blazey’s moustache-growing adventure put cancer in the cross hairs for one lucky patient.

Blazey (D.O. ‘05) and two students at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are featured in a nonprofit organization's video that tells the story of how Blazey's moustache triggered a series of events that helped a man discover he had prostate cancer. The video, "Real Moustaches + Conversations = Real Outcomes," is on the website for Movember, an organization dedicated to using the “power of the mo (moustache)” to bring attention to men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer.

Blazey, prodded by student Alex Perelman, agreed to grow a moustache last fall.  When a long-time patient -- a woman -- questioned him about it, he told her the moustache was intended to raise awareness and start conversations about men’s health.

That same day, the woman convinced her husband to make an appointment with Blazey for a physical examination.

“He hadn’t had a visit for about five years at that time with any other family doctor,” Blazey said.

Blazey’s examination turned up an irregularity that later was determined to be prostate cancer. Blazey made a referral and the patient received minimally invasive treatment that led to a full recovery.

In the video, Perelman and another student, Gebe George, discuss the moustache campaign, the idea of talking more about men’s health, and Team NYCOM’s participation, which raised $7,000 for Movember.

These days, Blazey is clean shaven and getting ready to co-lead a trip to Haiti with five students on behalf of NYIT’s Center for Global Health.  He’s also considering how he might become more involved with the Movember organization.

“They have been in contact with me” to discuss various ideas for outreach about men’s health, Blazey said. “There’s much potential.”

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